Thursday, October 8, 2015

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The relationship between the Vikings organization and its once star running back continues to deteriorate.

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Things continue to worsen between the Vikings organization and Adrian Peterson. Jason LaConfora, CBS Sports NFL Insider, reported early this afternoon that Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, was seen in a heated verbal exchange with Vikings Vice President of Football Operations, Rob Brzezinski, and the two physically “had to be separated” at the NFL Combine in Downtown Indianapolis. According to LaConfora’s sources, Dogra made it clear during the argument that “Peterson would never play there again.”

LaConfora also included information from a person reportedly close with Peterson:

“He will never play another game for the Vikings. It’s over.”

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According to the Minnesota Vikings’ official website, the team has signed former Canadian Football League linebacker Brian Peters to the roster.

Peters, who enjoyed a four-year career at Northwestern, spent the last two seasons with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. The 6’2″, 218-pound linebacker led the Roughriders with 78 tackles in 2014, adding 3.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 2 interceptions to his impressive stat line. Before heading north, Peters played the 2012 season with the Iowa Barnstormers in the Arena Football League.

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I’m certainly not an example of the perfect sports journalist. I make stuff up, although I try to clearly identify the line between facts and my own opinion, and I’m all for exploring the fan fiction side of the NFL through entertaining endeavors such as mock drafts or free agency predictions.

I’ve really had a burr up my you-know-what about some recent reporting, however, and want to explain how it comes to be that an entire fanbase can me mislead to believe something untrue. If nothing else, at least the readers here at VT can be that more educated about how a false report can come into being.

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2014 Offseason by Matt Engstrom
2014 Offseason by Matt Engstrom

I’m shocked. No, really, I’m so very super shocked.

If my most recent take on the Peterson situation wasn’t a big enough of a figurative eye roll towards all of the Peterson “reports” then imagine my reaction when ESPN’s Josina Anderson recently found a way to counter yesterday’s nonsense.

She tweeted that a source with knowledge of the situation told her “Adrian Peterson has not asked for a trade to the #Cowboys and has not had any conversations with (Vikings GM) Rick Spielman.”

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As the NFL Scouting Combine comes to an end, teams will shift their focus to individual pro day workouts and private visits — the final steps in the 2015 NFL Draft process. At Vikings Territory, we’ve watched players blaze through the 40-yard dash, we’ve read the reports of impressive team meetings, and now, we’re updating our mock drafts.

Since joining as a contributor at Vikings Territory, I’ve wanted to put together my own mock draft. The process is finally complete — you can read my full first-round mock HERE.

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